10 doctors weighed in:

Is ADHD a lot more common in homes with bad parenting?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Seck
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

It's more accurate to say that adhd may be more noticeable in homes that don't offer consistency and routine.
A child with adhd that lives with structure can often control their symptoms better. The ones with more problems at home may tend to get diagnosed earlier but that doesn't mean there are more of them.

In brief: Not really

It's more accurate to say that adhd may be more noticeable in homes that don't offer consistency and routine.
A child with adhd that lives with structure can often control their symptoms better. The ones with more problems at home may tend to get diagnosed earlier but that doesn't mean there are more of them.
Dr. Thomas Seck
Dr. Thomas Seck
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

A child with adhd certainly can bring out the worst in a parent--and other adults--and parents often feel they must be "bad" because of their child's behavior. But, many parents with multiple children have one child with adhd and others with no problems at all.
Effective parenting of a child with adhd often takes special techniques that don't come naturally and may even seem counterintuitive.

In brief: Not really

A child with adhd certainly can bring out the worst in a parent--and other adults--and parents often feel they must be "bad" because of their child's behavior. But, many parents with multiple children have one child with adhd and others with no problems at all.
Effective parenting of a child with adhd often takes special techniques that don't come naturally and may even seem counterintuitive.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes & no

"bad parenting" is a bigger problem than adhd.
And, it makes everything worse. So, some adhd that would be manageable with a better homelife, will be more obvious & problematic without good parenting. So, helping parents optimize their approach to their kids is a big part of the comprehensive treatment program we provide our patients. But know that adhd exists in all types of homes.

In brief: Yes & no

"bad parenting" is a bigger problem than adhd.
And, it makes everything worse. So, some adhd that would be manageable with a better homelife, will be more obvious & problematic without good parenting. So, helping parents optimize their approach to their kids is a big part of the comprehensive treatment program we provide our patients. But know that adhd exists in all types of homes.
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Adhd is an equal opportunity disorder. Chaotic families may have plenty of disorganization & poor focus among its members, but that doesn't make it adhd.
Adhd is a neurobiological inherited condition that affects the brain's executive functions. It happens in every kind of household, culture & ethnicity.

In brief: No

Adhd is an equal opportunity disorder. Chaotic families may have plenty of disorganization & poor focus among its members, but that doesn't make it adhd.
Adhd is a neurobiological inherited condition that affects the brain's executive functions. It happens in every kind of household, culture & ethnicity.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Dr. Carla Enriquez
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Dr. Howard Gurr
Clinical Psychology

In brief: ADHD and parenting

ADHD is a neurobiological disorder. Parenting difficulties do not cause the disorder. There are some issues to consider. 1 there is some data to suggest ADHD may be inheritable;therefore, one parent may also have similar difficulties- which could make parenting more difficult.
2 children with ADHD are generally more difficult to parent !

In brief: ADHD and parenting

ADHD is a neurobiological disorder. Parenting difficulties do not cause the disorder. There are some issues to consider. 1 there is some data to suggest ADHD may be inheritable;therefore, one parent may also have similar difficulties- which could make parenting more difficult.
2 children with ADHD are generally more difficult to parent !
Dr. Howard Gurr
Dr. Howard Gurr
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